Tuesday, 19 September 2017
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Fundraising Event to say 'Obrigado Bombeiros!' - Sept 23Following the success of “Obrigado, Bombeiros!” 2016, organisers will be holding a similar fun fundraising event for the Bombeiros of Lagoa and Silves this September, to mark their continued support and appreciation for the remarkable and vital work of our firefighting crews.

This year’s “Obrigado, Bombeiros!” will take place on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at Quinta Bar (formerly O'Grady`s 12 Bar), Quinta da Figueirinha in Silves.

Come and help our disabled ridersEvery Thursday and Friday morning from September to May children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities enjoy riding therapy through the Associação de Equitação para Deficientes no Algarve (Riding for the Disabled in the Algarve). However, volunteers are needed to provide help and support for many of them while riding.

The benefits of the therapy sessions include improved concentration and coordination, posture and, importantly, self esteem. The movement of the horse is particularly valuable as the rider, to keep balance, has to use the almost identical muscles and joint movements used in walking. The horse produces 1000 movements in three dimensions in 10 minutes - this is far greater than any therapist could produce in the same time!

Fido taking offOn a beautiful sunny September morning, I nervously stood on a small, wooden platform, just below the castle at Sanlúcar de Guadiana, Spain, with seven other APAA supporters. We were waiting for our turn to cross the Guadiana River on a 720 metre long cable. Alcoutim in Portugal – our landing stage – seemed a long way off and the river was a long way down!

First to go was Fido, aka Jenny, President of APAA. Harness checked, tailed tucked in, she was off.

Streetlife “Zip for a Snip” - Didn't we do well!Hello everyone, a huge thank you for Friday — What an experience! What a great Day! What an achievement!
Our best estimates at the moment is a grand total of €3670.00, of which €1800 is what the eight APAA Zippers raised and the remaining €1870 was from our afpop EA Zippers for StreetLife.

BUT some of the sponsorship money is being paid in sterling and some in Euros . . . so the exact figure will not be known until all money has been received and we can see what exchange rate we get.

A Boozy End to Summer - Sept 23rdThe 'Boozy End to Summer' Event will take place at 1pm on Saturday 23rd September. Tickets are just €20 per person and includes a delicious 3 course meal, wine, beer and water, with all monies going to APAA.

The venue is Jackie's garden, at her house on the Monchique road just north of Portimão.

The grass is greener at Centro Infantil da Vila da Luz!Centro Infantil da Vila da Luz has greatly improved its crèche playground. Local artificial grass company Mãos Verdes has donated 450 m2 of playground grass to the school.

Natural grass would not grow in the playground and over the years the area became basically a dusty, dirty area that the children couldn’t use in safety.

Goldra NOW August Update - food and walkers neededGoldra is immensely grateful for the donations of food that have been made in the last couple of weeks, and we would like to thank everyone who has helped. August is a barren month for fund-raising, and extra support is usually needed.
We are only at the halfway point of the month and have two main requests for anyone in a position to help.

We need FOOD for both adults and puppies, and WALKERS - walking the dogs in the heat of summer is arduous, but if done early in the day, both two and four legs can cope much better!

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GoldraYou may remember that earlier in the year, the number of dogs and puppies at the Sanctuary was down to around 109, and Jan´s ambition was to get that total down to the ton or less. The current population is 127, and the place is FULL...CLICK HERE to read more.